For a country girl, Erin Ollis takes sweet ‘n’ sassy to a whole new level. You can see it in the singer/songwriter’s fashion choices—flirty dress, or cowboy boots and jeans, doesn’t matter. You hear it with her memorable voice—tender softness draws you in, soaring power gives you goose bumps.
Given her vocal prowess and down-to-earth authenticity, the 22-year-old has been compared to Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. “Erin has great range and powerful vocals,” says Patrice Peris, her vocal coach at Bristol Entertainment in Boston. “But what I love most about her is her fearless drive. She takes on every challenge with a smile.”
Erin is currently promoting her new single “A Couple Miles Away,” which is an edgy and upbeat country/rock tune and can be found on iTunes.
A passionate performer, Erin has charmed audiences at dozens of festivals, talent shows, and fundraisers. She earned “Female Vocalist of the Year” for Massachusetts at the New England Country Music Organization Star Search. Next stop was the North America Country Music Association’s competition in Tennessee, where she walked off with the 2012 Future Star Female Vocalist of the Year award.
Other highlights: Performing LIVE on Fox 25 Morning News as one of the three top finalists for the "Boston Idol" contest. performing at the DCU Center in Worcester, performing at the Bank Of America Pavilion in Boston for the American Heart Association, holding her own concert at Roger Williams University and belting it out live on WWLP Channel 22 News.
Born and raised in central Massachusetts, Erin has been singing classically (sometimes in German) since fifth grade. Her life changed during a fateful trip to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Resorts, where her high school choir had been selected to sing with the “The Gambler” himself, Kenny Rogers. Inspired by the country legend, she picked up a guitar, started writing songs, and never looked back.
Coming up, Erin will continue performing and also hit the studio to record her first album. After graduating college in 2013, she’s headed to Nashville to pursue her dream. “My absolute goal is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame,” she says.